Travel to and around Galway

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. As a major tourist attraction, there are many well-developed transport options available.

Bus travel is the most frequent and cheapest transport to/from Galway thanks to healthy competition between Bus Éireann (a state owned bus company) and private operators such as CityLink and GoBus. There are regular services throughout the day, every day, from Galway to all other major cities in Ireland.

Travel To Galway

2 hours from City Centre

Most UK airports, Europe, USA, Middle East. Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with more than 98 airlines flying to over 185 destinations including regular direct flights from North America. Dublin Airport now offers services to 29 airports in the UK and the ever expanding European network now covering 100 airports.

Terminal 2 opened at Dublin Airport in November 2010 and now allow Dublin Airport to comfortably handle up to 35 million passengers per year while creating a vibrant modern airport and efficient gateway to Ireland.

Dublin International Airport is only 2 hours on the M6 motorway from Galway city centre and manages an average of 60,000 passengers per day, rising to 80,000 during the peak season, with more than 600 aircraft movements every day.

Dublin Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is the arrival and departure point for airlines including Ryanair, Air France,, Germanwings, Iberia, Lufthansa, Norwegian and SAS. Terminal 2 is the hub for Emirates, Etihad and transatlantic flights by American, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta, Air Canada and Aer Lingus (Ireland’s national airline, whose UK and continental flights are also based in T2).

Under 3 hours from Galway

Cork Airport is the ideal gateway to the South West of Ireland. Ease of access and a quality passenger experience in a state of the art new terminal are hallmarks of this Airport.

Direct Flights to Cork From Europe

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Faro, Gdansk, Geneva, Katowice, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Malaga, Munich, Nice, Paris, Poznan, Rome, Rennes, Tenerife, Warsaw.

From UK & Ireland

Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay, Plymouth.

1 hour from Galway

Shannon airport is the second largest airport in Ireland and offers easy access to European cities and transatlantic
destinations. The Shannon region itself is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.

Direct Flights to Shannon From US

Boston, Chicago, NY JFK, NY Newark

From Europe

Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Berlin Schonefeld, Brussels, Carcasonne, Dusseldorf Weeze, Faro, Frankfurt Hahn, Fuerteventura, Gdansk, Katowice, Krackow, Lodz, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Minsk, Paris Beauvais, Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Tenerife, Turin, Wroclaw

From UK & Ireland

Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stanstead, Manchester, Newcastle

1 hour from Galway

Ireland West Airport Knock is just under an hour drive from Galway, offering convenient – and often low cost – access to the UK and European destinations.

Direct Flights to Ireland West

Alicante, Barcelona (Girona), Birmingham, Bristol, Cologne, Croatia, Düsseldorf, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Faro, Fatima, Frankfurt, Gatwick, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Kaunas, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Lourdes, Malaga, Manchester, Medjugorje, Milan (Bergamo), Paris, Spain, Tenerife

Bus Èireann

A state-owned company, and part of the CIÉ group, Bus Éireann run city-bus services in most other areas of the city, including the south of Knocknacarra.
Contact Details:
Customer / passenger services are provided by Galway Bus Station / Galway Travel Centre, in Ceannt Station.
Telephone: (091) 562-000

The train is the ideal way of traveling from Dublin to Galway. The journey time is about 3 hours. A bar and restaurant service is available on most trains. Return trip tickets vary from €25 – €40 depending on the the time of week.

The Dublin/Galway train departs from Heuston Station Dublin and terminates at Ceannt Station in Galway (located near Eyre Square behind the Meyrick  Hotel). Towns serviced on the route include Kildare, Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe and Athenry.

Book rail tickets online.

Travel Around Galway

By Foot

Galway is a compact city so very easy to navigate on foot, alot of the hotels are within distance to the main entrance of NUI Galway if this is where you conference is being held. The University also runs some complimentary shuttle buses so check this with your conference organiser.


Galway is a fantastic city for cyclists. There is an extensive bike path network that allows tourists and commuters alike to easily get around. Pick up one of our Coca Cola Zero Bikes to arrive to your conference, there are 22 stations and 195 bikes across the city.

Location map on this link

Bike stations cover  the rail & bus stations, Eyre Square, The Docks, Merchants Rd and the City Library plus many more areas of the city.

Click the following link to find out how to use one of these bikes

City Direct Bus Company

Direct is a private company running frequent (every 15 minute) servcies in the north of  Knocknacarra, and also services in the Salthill / Barna area.
Contact details:
Telephone: 091 860 814
Email: [email protected]

Bus Èireann

A state-owned company, and part of the CIÉ group, Bus Éireann run city-bus services in most other areas of the city, including the south of Knocknacarra.
Contact Details:
Customer / passenger services are provided by Galway Bus Station / Galway Travel Centre, in Ceannt Station.
Telephone: (091) 562-000


Galways largest taxi company

Tel: (353) 91 – 585858
Email:  [email protected]

Celtic Chauffeur Services

Fáilte Ireland Approved 

As one of Irelands premier Chauffeur Companies Celtic Chauffeur Services is a 100% privately owned Irish company based in the West Of Ireland, but covers a Nationwide Service.

Celtic Chauffeur Services can oorganise an executive chauffeur service for leisure or corporate customers. If you require luxurious transport while in Galway, they can arrange airport pickup, business meeting transfers or more relaxed touring needs.

Telephone : 00353 (0)87 3533460

Email [email protected]


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